2016 Grapes of Wrath

Out of every event comes a story. This story begins with the destructive forces of nature and quickly moves to a tale of friendship and kindness.
Two weeks before our 2016 harvest, a hail-laden twister hit Bush Track Wines, decimating our crop, vineyard trellis and our home.
The next morning over thirty members of the Alpine Valleys community turned up to help. Offers of grapes and winemaking soon followed. The result is this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Durif – a testament to the pleasures of both giving and receiving.

Production Notes

Just before harvest in 2016, a freak twister ripped through the Bush Track vineyard in Whorouly South, damaging vines and buildings, and taking with it 90% of the crop.

Generous offers of grapes and assistance poured in from the local viticultural community to owners Bob and Helen McNamara in the aftermath.  This wine is the result of that love and support from friends across the region.

Small parcels of Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Merlot were destemmed, partially-crushed and cold soaked for 5 days prior to co-fermentation in open pots.  Fermented with indigenous yeasts and plunged 4-6 times daily then given 2 weeks on skins post fermentation. Basket pressed and matured in older French barrique on lees for 9 months before blending  (with a splash of spicy Saparavi,) filtration and bottling.

Tasting Notes


Lightish Red



Lifted aromas of red berry fruits and dried herbs with savoury nuances.



The medium bodied palate has supple tannins and a fleshy texture with flavours of sour cherry and hints of bay leaf.

Technical details


Conmara Vineyard, Whorouly South



Alpine Valleys





Volume made:

150 dozen






Eleana Anderson

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